new zoantharian species

An unusual new solitary species of zoantharian was discovered while conducting SCUBA surveys around the southern Japanese island of Okinawa. These new polyps were found buried almost completely in the soft sediment of the seafloor with only their oral disks and tentacles protruding above the surface. Most known zoantharians are colonial but these newly discovered polyps are not only solitary but they also lack zooxanthellae. Up to now […]

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extreme coral close-ups now possible

Two researchers from the University of California San Diego have developed an underwater microscope called the Benthic Underwater Microscope, or BUM, that allows divers to zoom in on wild corals and capture unprecedented features and behaviors. This new microscope is comprised of a lens, camera, and six bright LEDs that act as a flash contained within cylinder and controlled by an underwater computer. One behavior documented […]

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UN: GBR not in danger, needs TLC

The United Nations conservation experts stopped short of classifying he Great Barrier Reef, a World Heritage site, as “in danger.” This despite the overall outlook for the reef remains poor and Australia needs to improve its management. The Report cited the impacts of development, climate change, and water pollution as major threats. The experts’ recommendation now goes to a vote […]

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